A local group is organizing events for bikers around the National Bike to School Day, May 7, and National Bike to Work Week, May 13-17. The group, El Paso Bike Month, encourages the border community to increase bicycle use and become healthier while having a good time. “We want people to be aware of biking and participate and see how fun it can be,” said Sarah Rich, a volunteer organizer for El Paso Bike Month. Yesterday, May 1, the kick-off event for a month devoted to cycling, was scheduled for San Jacinto Plaza in downtown El Paso from 6 p.m to 8:30 p.m. The kick-off route was planned to first go around Union Plaza and then have a stop at Armijo Park, between 7th and 8th avenues on Campbell Street. The ride was planned to be an easy pace, open to the public and completely free. “We just want people to come out and have a great time,” Rich said. El Paso Bike Month is volunteer-organized and has program events, workshops and rides. A full calendar of events is available on elpasobikemonth.com and can be searched for on Facebook by typing “El Paso Bike Month.”

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